US Sailing Made Announcement for Fresh Requirements of Multihull Safety Equipment and Monohulls Revisions

The  Safety Equipment Requirements (SER) in US Sailing for monohull sailboats have a guideline, but these guidelines have been changed a bit and fresh guidelines for multihull SERs have been permitted. The fresh guideline will be implemented in the year 2019.

According to the SERs, gears that are required to be used on sailboats during most of the offshore and nearshore sailboat races in the US. All race organizers, boat inspectors, and owners are required to follow this information.  This list of boats and equipment characteristics will serve the requirements of the most races taking place in coastal and offshore in the year 2019.
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RNO, Oman Handed Over The Sultan Qaboos Sailing Trophy

The Ministry of Defence which was represented by the Royal Navy of Oman commemorated the Sultan Qaboos Sailing Award which happened at Seville in Spain which was held between November 28 and November 2, and this award giving ceremony also coincided with the 48th National Day which is celebrated by the Sultanate on the anniversary of their establishment.

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This award handing ceremony took place under the aegis and support of the Kefayah Bint Al Rasiya, who is Sultanate’s official ambassador to Spain.
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Countdown For Pinnacle Youth Event Begins

The annual Youth Sailing World Championships started in 16th July with 382 sailors aged between 16 and 19. The sailors took part from 66 nations of Corpus Christi Bay in Texas. The competition is a pinnacle event mainly for young sailors aspiring to reach Olympics or pursue a career in America’s Cup. Some of the winners in the past have reached greater heights and they are Ben Ainslie of Great Britain, and Russell Coutts and Peter Burling from New Zealand.

Among the 9 events, there are few medalists from last year in the regatta this time. One of the most renowned competitions includes the Boy’s Laser Radial. It is indeed the largest as there are 58 entrants at the regatta. Guido Gallinaro, the bronze medalist from Italy returns, this time to go on top of the podium as he finished 6 points off the victory last year. In addition, there are others from top 10 namely Josh Armit from New Zealand and Tiago Quevedo from Brazil.
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VOC: BRUNEL GOES INTO STEALTH MODE

As the seven competing teams race to the finish line in Cape Town, Team Brunel opted to go into stealth mode. The Dutch crew cloaked their position for up to 24 hours. They were behind leaders MAPFRE by 35 nautical miles but then they decided to switch tacticals and go hidden around 0700 UTC.

The southerly boat crew benefitted from being the furthest from the Brazilian coastline as they rose in rankings from the last to the second place. The team decided to take the gamble just as MAPFRE is set to face the easterly-moving cold front. The northerly winds are expected to be around 30 knots as the team comes within a few hundred miles from their target. Towards Cape Town, there should be ideal conditions for fast sailing.

Eventually, Brunel switched tactics at 2200 UTC as the team navigator Andrew Cape earlier wanted a southerly route. The stealth move that was supposed to help them get past MAPFRE into the lead rather ruined their rankings as they dropped into fourth place.

MAPFRE continued strongly in the lead while Dongfeng entered second place. The race director for the team Bruno Dubois said their summer experiences helped them know how to make a boat go faster in the breeze. It helps them with half a knot in performance but it is crucial. Dubois said the MAPFRE team was doing the same thing to maintain their lead.

Vestas 11th Hour placed third while AkzoNobe finished behind Brunel after Leg 2. Scallywag and Turn The Tide On Plastic followed, in that order.

Rolex Middle Sea Race

The 34th edition, last year, with 99 participants flying the flags of sixteen different countries was recognized as a record entry year, yet this year sees Rolex Middle Sea Race boost up their own legend as well as global acknowledgment by drawing in an epic racing fleet of hundred and thirty yachts from twenty three diverse nations.

A record entry of hundred and thirty modern yachts as well as purpose made racing yachts from all across the world crewed by skilled seamen who are really anxious to race and ambition to capture a  606 nautical miles dispute of thrilling sailing which has been experienced by few of the fastest and largest racing monohulls in the world, including Riviera di Rimini, Open 60s, Mistress Quickly, Sagamore and Zephyrus IV with protagonists at the helm the likes of Eric Tabarly, Ted Turner, Cino Ricci, Jim Dolan, Sir Chay Blyth, Sir Francis Chichester and Herbert von Karajan, names who relish their stardom not on the Hollywood’s film premieres and award events but on the world’s mighty oceans. Continue reading “Rolex Middle Sea Race”

Pulaski manufacturing plant at forefront of yacht industry

They have been elaborated in terms like ‘simple elegance as well as luxury this is a bit on the ‘wild side’ in stately universe of yachting. Now, the place which makes Carver and Marquis vessels in Pulaski is also making a line of vessels for people who, at times, utilize them as day boats or water taxis to entertain a tiny group of friends.
The VanDutch yachts, along with a forty footer priced at US$ 695,000, are fast and fancy enough to impress the super rich and also race car enthusiasts in Monaco. Also, they are capable of day tours on ocean. They are for boating lovers looking to leave in the morning and return in evening because they have all the nice things at house, stated Anko Mast, VanDutch America’s chief executive officer.
The VanDutch yachts have been utilized as marina tenders by a F1 race car squad at Monaco GP. Also, they have been exhibited at the boating events that even include Cannes Yachting Festival in France.
In a review, the Think & Grow Rich magazine noted that the VanDutch 40 is for those who prefer their luxury a little on the wild side. This is an uncompromised boat. The standard specification includes everything an owner could possibly look for.
Originally made in Europe, and after that in Holland, all of VanDutch production has been shifted to Pulaski. Because of extra business, Marquis told that it could hire up to hundred and fifty more people at its factory.

They have been elaborated in terms like ‘simple elegance as well as luxury this is a bit on the ‘wild side’ in stately universe of yachting. Now, the place which makes Carver and Marquis vessels in Pulaski is also making a line of vessels for people who, at times, utilize them as day boats or water taxis to entertain a tiny group of friends.

The VanDutch yachts, along with a forty footer priced at US$ 695,000, are fast and fancy enough to impress the super rich and also race car enthusiasts in Monaco. Also, they are capable of day tours on ocean. They are for boating lovers looking to leave in the morning and return in evening because they have all the nice things at house, stated Anko Mast, VanDutch America’s chief executive officer.

The VanDutch yachts have been utilized as marina tenders by a F1 race car squad at Monaco GP. Also, they have been exhibited at the boating events that even include Cannes Yachting Festival in France.

In a review, the Think & Grow Rich magazine noted that the VanDutch 40 is for those who prefer their luxury a little on the wild side. This is an uncompromised boat. The standard specification includes everything an owner could possibly look for.

Originally made in Europe, and after that in Holland, all of VanDutch production has been shifted to Pulaski. Because of extra business, Marquis told that it could hire up to hundred and fifty more people at its factory.

Spithill Deems Team NZ Favorite For Upcoming America’s Cup

He might have been the skipper of the winning America’s Cup team last time but Spithill is extremely respectful about Oracle’s arch rival Team NZ – he even deems the Kiwi team as early favorite for the upcoming America’s Cup finale.

For the 1st time, a recent big-shot press conference had skippers of 6 America’s Cup squads together in London. There were 2013 challengers Artemis & Luna Rossa  as well as 2 new squads- the French team led by Cammas (Franck) & Ben Ainslie led British team.

The Oracle skipper stressed that he is among the toughest of competitors but then remarked that it’s Team NZ which he believes to be his favorite challenger for the thirty-fourth session of America’s Cup. Continue reading “Spithill Deems Team NZ Favorite For Upcoming America’s Cup”

LBI Yacht Racing season concludes

After 7 weeks, Long Beach Island Yacht Racing Associations season ended at the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club under perfect conditions on 13th August. Terence Burke told that it was one of the better inter clubs of the year. The wind was perfect, they got a lot of races in and they came in early.
This regatta happened following an intense storm which triggered gusty winds and flooding on the Island. Burke stated that he believes that they might not make it today; he believed that it would be called off. The weather forecast appeared as if it was going to rain all day.
Becca Hofing of Brant Beach Yacht Club, was actually concerned about the fact that weather conditions would not be too good  it would be windy. And more than that, there would be a tippin party in the water.
Hofing added that she believes that she did quite great. She did better in the very first race compared to the other races in the past. She came in 3rd for the 1st race, and after that she came in like 5th and 6th for the rest.
Will Vaughn of Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club told that the conditions were great. They could not have been better, to be very frank. It was a great amount of wind, he would not have changed it. Will and Terence  both were performing at their home water. But Will told that being at home did not offer him much advantage.

After 7 weeks, Long Beach Island Yacht Racing Associations season ended at the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club under perfect conditions on 13th August. Terence Burke told that it was one of the better inter clubs of the year. The wind was perfect, they got a lot of races in and they came in early.

This regatta happened following an intense storm which triggered gusty winds and flooding on the Island. Burke stated that he believes that they might not make it today; he believed that it would be called off. The weather forecast appeared as if it was going to rain all day.

Becca Hofing of Brant Beach Yacht Club, was actually concerned about the fact that weather conditions would not be too good  it would be windy. And more than that, there would be a tippin party in the water.

Hofing added that she believes that she did quite great. She did better in the very first race compared to the other races in the past. She came in 3rd for the 1st race, and after that she came in like 5th and 6th for the rest.

Will Vaughn of Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club told that the conditions were great. They could not have been better, to be very frank. It was a great amount of wind, he would not have changed it. Will and Terence  both were performing at their home water. But Will told that being at home did not offer him much advantage.

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

The Cannes Film Festival is host to many celebrities from around the world, but for any yachting enthusiast, this time of the year, and especially this event, is of great significance, as during this time, there are many yachts that are moored here, at the International Yacht Club of Antibes. This dock is also called the Dock of the Billionaires, and is home to a great number of mega yachts that dock here, during the Cannes Film Festival. And since the Monte Carlo Grand Prix is also held at the same time and in the same place, many tycoons from varying fields come together here, and on their yachts, and this creates a spectacular show of what money can buy!

One such behemoth is the Senses, which is a yacht which is 194 feet long. And this yacht is laden with many ‘toys’. Now, toys is a general term which is used in yachting lingo quite a lot, and it can mean that the yacht has anything from a submarine to a Jet Ski! Senses is an exploration yacht, and is equipped accordingly. There are a total of four decks, and that itself truly sets this yacht apart from the rest. Alan Gibbs is the co-owner of this yacht, and he is a renowned inventor and telecommunications tycoon from New Zealand. The Senses costs a staggering $40 million, and if that is not enough to blow your hats off, the fuel tank of this pristine yacht costs $80,000 to fill completely! And Gibbs has taken this behemoth almost everywhere around the world. And according to him, this yacht is the first proper big yacht that has ever visited Tunisia. And he is of the opinion that, even though the yacht will not get him to the moon, it is possibly the best way to travel the world in!

Stamm’s Dream IMOCA 60

IMOCA 60 Cheminees Poujoulat has been recovered broken and partially and the sight was a rather sad one. It was a dream of Bernard Stamm and seeing the boat broken into two parts aptly describes what Stamm must be feeling. Stamm set sail with his crew Damien Guillou and was rescued on Christmas Eve. Fortunately none of the crew members were missing but his Open 60 was gone and broken into two halves.

Once they were rescued the search for their boat started but with little results. Recently some parts of that boat came up and that was how the whole thing was recovered. People who recovered the boat said that it is in a very bad condition and it is almost non repairable now. Everything including the cargo vessel has been destroyed and nothing can be done with the boat. A video of the recovery was also uploaded for people to see the condition and it clearly shows that main hull and the bows has been completely detached from each other and after the whole thing was dragged to recovery only bits and pieces are left from them.

In an interview with Bernard Stamm he said about the experience of that sail and how the watertight bulkheads came to their rescue. He also went on to point that every yacht should have a proper watertight bulkhead that would at least let the crew members survive in case of any unforeseen incident. He was very upset on seeing the video of the recovery and thinks that it would be difficult for him to go back to the waters again. He also left a question into the minds of people when he said that it is unusual for a yacht of that stature and one that is participating in a Grand Prix to break down into parts.